Alabama, Texas A&M Biggest Losers

The college football transfer portal window is officially closed! Players can still sign up and register whenever their chosen institution allows them, but no new players will be able to enter the transfer portal as of Wednesday. There will be a second, shorter window that will open after spring practice, but the transfer portal will be discontinued in all respects.

Teams may not be done adding players, but they’re done losing them, at least for now. Some programs have been hit much harder than others in this department. Others may not have lost much, but have not added or added enough through the portal to improve as a squad. College football is a business that moves at the speed of light these days, and some schools have just been left behind.

There’s been a lot of talk about the winners of this first portal window, but here at ClutchPoints we don’t want the losers to feel left out. Sometimes it’s necessary to celebrate the failure of programs that generate nine or even ten figure revenue.

These are the college football transfer portal’s four biggest losers in the winter window.

4. Arkansas

Arkansas, to say the least, didn’t perform well in 2022. They finished 7-6 with a Liberty Bowl win over Kansas, but that’s a far cry from the potential SEC West contenders they were viewed as preseason and even after their Week 1 win over Cincinnati.

They lost a lot of players and many of them played a crucial role. Not to mention they lost their tight ends coach to South Carolina to become their offensive coordinator, and the Razorbacks’ own offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, who is taking on the same role at TCU.

But that has nothing to do with the portal. Although Arkansas has made a few nice additions – like Isaac TeSlaa, one of the most respected FCS recipients on the portal – they haven’t made any real impact yet, and generally not nearly enough of it, with just 9 commits compared to a nation-leading 25 runs. Not ideal!

3. Alabama

It’s hard to rank Alabama too high on this list considering they are, well, Alabama. They’ve lost a few players who made contributions in 2022 and only added one player from the portal, though former Maryland tight end CJ Dippre is one of the country’s best signings.

The players who lost them may not have made huge contributions in 2023, so I’m not taking too hard on the tide here. That, and Nick Saban has earned a measure of trust from people like me when it comes to rostering.

2.Texas A&M

Remember how I said Arkansas has a national lead in portal exits at 25? Texas A&M also has 25, but they lost several real contributors and only added four Player. Two of them are classified as four-star players, which sounds good, but that’s still a net loss of 21 players, some of whom were part of their incredible 2022 high school signing class.

Jimbo Fisher may have built a lot of security into his contract, but if this continues, his seat can feel a little warm.


Something is seriously wrong with Billy Napier’s brief tenure in Florida.

The Gators are #1 for smelling their greatest position of need at every turn. They lost 22 players to the portal and added seven, but their biggest needed position was undoubtedly quarterback.

Anthony Richardson is headed to the draft and the Gators thought they had high school signee Jaden Rashada to replace him, but that’s obviously no longer the case. They already had former Wisconsin starter Graham Mertz in the herd, but that’s not enough to put together a serious program.

They then went after Coast Carolina QB Grayson McCall, who opted to remove his name from the portal entirely. Devin Leary went to Kentucky, Sam Hartman to Notre Dame, and then with a final Hail Mary, they tried to get former LSU passer Walker Howard on campus for a visit, but he chose Ole Miss instead, where he certainly was will be fuse in 2023.

Napier doesn’t have a long leash in Gainesville and has a lot of problems to solve in a very short amount of time.